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Scam Goddess

Earwolf

Comedy

4.8 • 6.7K Ratings

Overview

“Scam Goddess is a podcast dedicated to fraud and all those who practice it! Each week host Laci Mosley (aka Scam Goddess) keeps listeners up to date on current rackets, digs deep into the latest scams, and breaks down historic hoodwinks alongside some of your favorite comedians! It's like true crime only without all the death! True fun crime!”

154 Episodes

Chrisley Knows Fraud w/ Kyle Kasabian

What's Poppin' con-gregation? This week, comedian Kyle Kasabian joins the show to discuss how in 2019, reality television stars Todd and Julie Chrisley were charged with bank and wire fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy. Almost five years later, the couple is still battling the convictions. Stay Schemin’! This episode was originally recorded on June 4th, 2024. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press

 Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci
 Kyle Kasabian: @kylekasabian

 Research by Kaelyn Brandt. Sources: https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/todd-and-julie-chrisley-family-arrives-for-court-of-appeals-hearing-in-atlanta https://sg.news.yahoo.com/chrisley-knows-best-star-todd-211539941.html https://apnews.com/article/julie-todd-chrisley-fraud-tax-evasion-appeal-8f76505e15cceca1c9747087ae01bec4 https://people.com/tv/chrisley-family-fraud-trial-everything-to-know/ https://www.courthousenews.com/chrisley-knows-best-stars-appeal-fraud-convictions-claim-prosecutors-conspired-with-irs/#:~:text=The%20government%20says%20the%20couple,when%20Todd%20Chrisley%20declared%20bankruptcy. https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga/pr/television-personalities-sentenced-years-federal-prison-fraud-and-tax-evasion https://www.businessinsider.com/todd-chrisley-paid-blackmailer-38000-affair-a-secret-witness-2022-5 https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/todd-chrisley-denies-tax-evasion-blames-ex-employee/ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11517453/Todd-Chrisley-sued-defamation-Georgia-tax-official-worked-case.html https://www.eonline.com/news/1387401/savannah-chrisley-shares-why-its-tough-having-custody-of-brother-grayson-and-niece-chloe#:~:text=Savannah%20Chrisley%2C%20who%20assumed%20guardianship,her%20%22tough%22%20new%20role.

Transcribed - Published: 11 June 2024

Fraud Fridays: Bluffing Bertha w/ Nore Davis

Happy Friday, Con-gregation! This week, we revisit our episode with comedian Nore Davis where we discuss Big Bertha, who took her scams to the stage. Stay schemin’! This episode was originally released Dec. 1st, 2020. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Nore Davis: @noredavis Research by Sharilyn Vera. Sources: https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/big-bertha-heyman-the-confidence-queen/ https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/who-was-bertha-heyman-grifter https://www.nytimes.com/1883/08/23/archives/bertha-heyman-found-guilty-the-confidence-queens-story-on-the.html https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/11/12/secret-sister-gift-exchange-scam-better-business-bureau-warns/6265662002/ https://literock969.com/secret-sister-gift-scam-is-back-for-the-2020-holiday-season/

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2024

The Savvy Squatter of NYC w/ Gianmarco Soresi

What’s Poppin’ Con-gregation? This week, comedian Gianmarco Soresi joins the show to discuss how Mickey Barreto checked in to the New Yorker Hotel and used outdated laws to become a permanent resident and owner. Stay schemin’! This episode was originally recorded May 20th 2024. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Gianmarco Soresi: @gianmarcosoresi Research By Kaelyn Brandt. SOURCES: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/04/insider/new-yorker-hotel.html https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/24/nyregion/mickey-barreto-housing-fraud.html#:~:text=On%20a%20June%20afternoon%20in,check%20out%20the%20next%20morning. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/loophole-got-new-york-city-man-free-hotel-stay-five-years-claimed-buil-rcna139182 https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2024-02-19/a-loophole-got-him-a-free-new-york-hotel-stay-for-five-years-then-he-claimed-to-own-the-building

Transcribed - Published: 4 June 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Insurance Fraud Fibber w/ Jacquis Neal

It’s Friday con-gregation! We re-visit one of many episodes with actor, comedian and Deacon, Jacquis Neal. He and Laci break down the lone star state criminal who showed us everything's bigger in Texas- including insurance fraud. Plus, find out how Rapper T.I. got caught up in a bitcoin scam! This episode was originally released Nov. 17th, 2020. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Jacquis Neal: @jacquisneal Research by Sharilyn Vera. Sources: https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/it-was-never-enough/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=Book%20Social&utm_content=TRWrightInsuranceFraud https://www.flyingmag.com/young-entrepreneur-and-pilot-faces-decades-in-prison-for-insurance-fraud/ https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/t-i-sec-flik-fraudulent-cryptocurrency-scheme-1058728/amp/

Transcribed - Published: 31 May 2024

Re-Release: The Game Show Gangsta w/ Blair Socci

What’s poppin’ con-gregration? Are you enjoying your Memorial Day weekend? Well today, we’re revisiting our episode with comedian Blair Socci! We discuss Michael Larson, the man who went on CBS’s game show, “Press Your Luck” and scammed them out of over $100,000. Plus, a man is accused of double-dipping employment as a principal of two different schools hundreds of miles apart. Stay Schemin'! This episode was originally recorded Jan. 18th 2022. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Blair Socci: @blairsocci Research By Kaelyn Brandt. SOURCES: https://theretronetwork.com/big-money-no-whammies/ https://www.damninteresting.com/who-wants-to-be-a-thousandaire/ https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/an-ice-cream-man-hacked-press-your-luck-1984-1217142/ https://nypost.com/2019/06/10/press-your-luck-game-show-scandal-back-in-the-spotlight/ https://steemit.com/story/@winstonwolfe/the-story-of-michael-larson-and-the-press-your-luck-gameshow-scandal https://www.newsweek.com/man-accused-simultaneously-working-principal-two-schools-located-400-miles-apart-1656001 https://medium.com/@hannah.fluxgold/the-confused-math-lady-meme-bd97530b1885

Transcribed - Published: 28 May 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Hoodwinking Hipster w/ Lilan Bowden

Good Friday, con-gregation! We revisit our episode with Lilan Bowden where we break down the hipster who started scamming before it was cool. Plus, remember when Soulja Boy was up in that copyright infringement? Stay schemin’! This episode was originally released Nov. 03, 2020. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Lilan Bowden: @yourfriendlilan Research by Sharilyn Vera. Sources: https://observer.com/2009/04/the-hipster-grifter/ https://www.nylon.com/articles/nyfw-refinery-29-scammer-hipster-grifter https://twitter.com/kariferrell?lang=en https://www.thedailybeast.com/catching-up-with-the-hipster-grifter https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/01/01/soulja-boy-soulja-game-copyright-infringement/

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2024

Crimes of the Heart w/ Luke James

What's Poppin' con-gregation? Singer-songwriter and actor Luke James joins the show to continue our discussion of scam rappers. These rappers dedicate their art to bragging and giving instructions to their fans on how to commit a variety of scams and frauds. Stay Schemin’!

 This was originally recorded on April 23rd, 2024.

 Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press
 Check out Luke James Season 2 of the hit television series “THEM” on Amazon Prime and Lena Waithe’s hit drama series “THE CHI” on Showtime. 
 Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci
 Luke James: @wolfjames Research by Kaelyn Brandt. Sources: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nielaorr/drake-city-girls-summer-scammers-period https://pitchfork.com/news/city-girls-jt-released-from-prison-drops-new-song-jt-first-day-out-listen/ https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/03/11/magazine/scam-rap.html https://www.wired.com/story/teejayx6-scam-rap/ https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/03/07/feds-throw-shade-indicted-detroit-rapper-selfmade-kash/3091388002/ https://www.michigandaily.com/arts/teejayx6-shittyboyz-and-rise-scam-rap/ https://www.vice.com/en/article/kz4qn9/what-is-scam-rap-detroit-teejayx6-selfmade-kash https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/city-girls-on-scamming-drake-and-jt-going-to-prison.html https://www.thecut.com/2018/09/city-girls-are-more-like-you-than-you-think.html https://www.foxla.com/news/edd-rapper-who-bragged-about-unemployment-fraud-sentenced-to-6-years-in-prison https://www.ksl.com/article/50983549/rapper-youngboy-arrested-near-huntsville-in-large-scale-prescription-fraud-ring

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Perfidious Professor w/ Langston Kerman

Aye..It's Friday con-gregation! We re-visit our episode with Langston Kerman to unpack how an associate professor thinks white is the new black. No tanks, boiiiiii. Stay schemin! This was originally released October 20, 2020. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Langston Kerman: @langstonkerman Research by Sharilyn Vera Sources: https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/03/us/jessica-krug-gwu-black-trnd/index.html https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/gw-professor-resigns-after-falsely-claiming-black-identity/2414247/ https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/09/10/911391817/george-washington-professor-resigns-after-scandal-over-fake-racial-identity

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2024

The Unbeknownst Gambling Interpreter w/ Tony Baker

What's Poppin' con-gregation? Comedian Tony Baker joins the show to discuss the gambling scandal surrounding Dodgers Baseball Player Shohei Ohtani's Interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. Unbeknownst to Shohei, Ippei allegedly stole around 16 million dollars from him! Stay Schemin’! This episode was originally recorded on April 22, 2024. 

 Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci 
 Tony Baker:@tonybaker Research by Kaelyn Brandt.

 Sources:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTC7vbAxwP8 https://www.nbcnews.com/news/sports/shohei-ohtani-interpreter-ippei-mizuhara-everything-know-rcna144445 https://www.latimes.com/sports/shohei-ohtani-news-conference-ippei-mizuhara-investigation-123 https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2024-03-20/gambling-story https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports/who-is-orange-county-bookie-who-received-millions-of-dollars-from-shohei-ohtanis-account/3369779/ https://apnews.com/article/dodgers-shohei-ohtani-mizuhara-d6e795d085a28656e1701f7fa5c6df52 https://www.cnn.com/2024/04/11/sport/ippei-mizuhara-shohei-ohtani-investigation/index.html https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/39963548/shohei-ohtani-interpreter-ippei-mizuhara-american-players-japan-gambling-scandal https://slate.com/culture/2024/04/shohei-ohtani-translator-indictment-gambling-theft-ippei-mizuhara.html

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Lying Lover w/ Lala Milan

It's Friday, con-gregation! We go back to our episode with Lala Milan, to unpack a man who stole dozens of women’s hearts… and also their wallets. Stay vigilant! Stay schemin’! This episode was originally released October 13, 2020. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci LaLa Milan: @lalamilan Research by Sharilyn Vera. Sources:
 https://www.vulture.com/article/love-fraud-finale-breakdown-and-rick-scott-smith-updates.html https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a33821604/love-fraud-richard-scott-smith-true-story/ https://www.oprahdaily.com/entertainment/a33915040/richard-scott-smith-love-fraud-now/

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2024

Elbows & Assholes w/ SuChin Pak & Kulap Vilaysack

What’s poppin’ con-gregation? This week, SuChin Pak & Kulap Vilaysack join the show to discuss Mark Roy Anderson, serial con artist spanning nearly 50 years of scams. Stay Schemin’! This was originally recorded on April 15th, 2024. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Check out SuChin and Kulap’s podcast Add to Cart, everywhere you listen to podcasts! Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci SuChin Pak: @suchinpak Kulap Vilaysack: @iamkulap Add To Cart: @addtocartpod Research by Kaelyn Brandt. Sources: https://people.com/calif-con-artist-bilked-18-million-victims-peddling-fake-cannabis-farm-8628598 https://www.thedailybeast.com/con-man-mark-roy-anderson-swindled-birdman-williams-and-many-others https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-05-23/hemp-scam-mark-roy-anderson-fbi https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2024-04-06/beverly-hills-scammer-pleads-guilty-to-18-million-cannabis-con

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Dirty Dentist w/ Nora McInerny

Happy Friday, Con-gregation! This week, we revisit our episode with Nora McInerny who brushes up on her dentistry scams with the story of a doctor (dentist) who rode his hoverboard around the office and then straight into a courtroom. Stay schemin’! This episode was originally released October 06, 2020. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Nora McInerny: @noraborealis Research by Sharilyn Vera Sources: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/us/alaska-dentist-hoverboard.html

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2024

The MGM Casino Hack w/ Mel Mitchell

What’s poppin’ con-gregation? This week, comedian Mel Mitchell joins the show to discuss how over the course of five days, a group of teenage hackers tried to take MGM, Las Vegas’ fourth most profitable casino, for $30 million. Stay Schemin’! This was originally recorded on April 09, 2024. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Mel Mitchell: @itsmelmitch Research by Kaelyn Brandt. Sources: https://www.kolide.com/blog/what-everyone-got-wrong-about-the-mgm-hack https://www.wsj.com/tech/cybersecurity/mgm-hack-casino-hackers-group-0366c641 https://www.cnn.com/2023/10/05/business/mgm-100-million-hit-data-breach/index.html

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Black Space Hitler (Yep!) w/ Arden Myrin

We come in peace this Friday, con-gregation! This week, we revisit our episode with Arden Myrin, dissecting the story of a miner who claimed to be Hitler AND plotting a spaceship revolt. Yep! This was originally released Sept. 22nd, 2020.

 Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press

 Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci
 Arden Myrin: @ardenmyrin Research by Sharilyn Vera. Sources: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-kentucky-miner-who-scammed-americans-by-claiming-he-was-hitler-and-plotting-a-revolt-with-spaceships https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-politics/former-baltimore-mayor-catherine-pugh-to-be-sentenced-in-healthy-holly-scandal/2020/02/26/6a20c9dc-58c6-11ea-9b35-def5a027d470_story.html

Transcribed - Published: 26 April 2024

Mission Im-Ponzi Scheme w/ Kate Willett

What’s Poppin’ Con-gregation? This week comedian Kate Willett joins the show to discuss Sam Israel III, who ran a hedge fund that “accidentally” turned into a scam with Sam “accidentally” finding himself in the plot of a spy movie. Stay schemin’! This was originally recorded on Tues. April 16, 2024. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Check out Kate Willett’s Comedy Special entitled “Loopholes” coming out April 23rd on Prime Video and Apple TV. Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Kate Willett: @kate.willett Research by Kaelyn Brandt. Sources: https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/the-big-sell-20120806-23op3.html https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna26560577#.V0MHDryMB0s https://www.cnbc.com/2010/01/27/Suicide-is-Painless:-The-Fall-of-Samuel-Israel-III.html https://web.archive.org/web/20220712132642/https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-crime-samuel-israel/bayou-hedge-funds-samuel-israel-who-ran-big-ponzi-scheme-fails-to-win-freedom-idUSKBN1YD2E3 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-2185981/Samuel-Israel-Staged-murders-bogus-London-traders-million-dollar-deals.html

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Inventing Heiress w/ Nicole Byer

Top of the Friday to you, con-gregation! We re-visiting one of our many episodes with Nicole Byer where we break down the fake Irish heiress who scammed her way into a pot of gold worth around ninety thousand dollars. Plus, the car actually appreciates when you drive it off the lot if you didn’t pay for it. Stay schemin'! This was originally released Sept. 15th, 2020. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Nicole Byer: @nicolebyer Research by Sharilyn Vera. Sources: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/20/fake-irish-heiress-arrested-fraud-uk https://apnews.com/article/convicted-scammer-fake-heiress-united-kingdom-extradition-5b723e9c5e8a78f23b8e1920535df819#:~:text=Among%20those%20fleeced%20was%20Johnathan,about%20two%20years%20in%20jail.

Transcribed - Published: 19 April 2024

The Pigeon Ponzi King w/ Tre Stewart

What's Poppin' Con-gregation? This week, Tre Stewart joins the show to discuss Arlan Galbraith, who for seven years was the reigning Pigeon King of Canada. But his kingdom fell when it was discovered his pigeons were useless. Stay Schemin’! This was originally recorded on April 02, 2024. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press

 Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci 
 Tre Stewart: @trestewart1 Research by Kaelyn Brandt. Sources:

 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-22613247
 https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/05/magazine/the-pigeon-king-and-the-ponzi-scheme-that-shook-canada.html
 https://www.wellingtonadvertiser.com/pigeon-king-international-owner-arlan-galbraith-charged-with-fraud/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigeon_racing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_be_evil#:~:text=%22Don't%20be%20evil%22,its%20corporate%20code%20of%20conduct.

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

Fraud Fridays: The CIA Swindler w/ Sasheer Zamata

It's Fraud Friday! This week, we revisit our episode with Sasheer Zamata where she and Laci expose the man who told people he was a government spy who needed money and those people were like “sure.” Stay schemin’!

 This was originally released Sept. 8, 2020.

 Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci
 Sasheer Zamata: @thesheertruth Research by Sharilyn Vera.

 Sources: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/former-dea-spokesman-garrison-courtney-guilty-plea-cia-operative-4-4-million-fraud-scheme/ https://www.google.com/amp/s/federalnewsnetwork.com/people/2020/06/ex-federal-worker-pretended-to-be-cia-to-steal-millions-2/amp/

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2024

The Wonka Experience & TanaCon w/ Josh Gondelman

What's Poppin' Con-gregation? This week, Josh Gondelman joins the show to discuss the cons for conferences. First, we discuss the ridiculously underwhelming Wonka experience in Glasgow, Scotland followed by the unorganized beauty conference TanaCon hosted by YouTube beauty influencer Tana Mongeau in Anaheim, CA in 2018. Stay Schemin' and let the scam find you! 
 This was recorded on April 01, 2024. Check out Josh Gondelman at the Bell House in NYC on June 21st! For tickets: https://www.joshgondelman.com/ Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press

 Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci 
 Josh Gondelman: @joshgondelman

 Research by Kaelyn Brandt.

 Sources:
 https://www.the-sun.com/news/10564213/billy-coull-willy-wonka-experience-glasgow/ https://www.theguardian.com/film/2024/mar/05/glasgow-willy-wonka-experience-horror-film-ai https://time.com/6836088/willy-wonka-event-scandal-glasgow-refunds-police/ https://news.stv.tv/west-central/willy-wonka-chocolate-experience-boss-truly-sorry-after-chaos https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/07/203726/tanacon-controversy-explained-what-happened-after https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/06/what-happened-at-tanacon.html https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/26/17500590/tanacon-disaster-fyre-fest-tana-mongeau-youtuber https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomward/2018/06/21/watch-out-vidcon-tana-mongeau-isnt-letting-anyone-stand-in-her-way/?sh=5f0b7c652b0f

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

Fraud Fridays: Dr. Dupe w/ Joel Kim Booster

Happy Fraud Friday, Con-gregation! This week we are revisiting our episode with Joel Kim Booster to dissect a surgeon who not only was a pathological liar but also had multiple families. Trash! Always get a second opinion, and stay schemin!

 This was originally released on September 01, 2020. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci
 Joel Kim Booster: @ihatejoelkim

 Research by Sharilyn Vera.

 Sources: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2020/jun/21/scammers-target-hot-tub-buyers-as-coronavirus-surges https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/01/paolo-macchiarini-scientist-surgeon-rise-and-fall https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/01/celebrity-surgeon-nbc-news-producer-scam https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/10/us/the-knot-wedding-scheme-sentence/index.html

Transcribed - Published: 5 April 2024

The Solar Power Pilfer w/ Laurie Kilmartin

This week, comedian and writer Laurie Kilmartin joins the show to discuss Jeff Carpoff, a free-wheeling drug dealer who rose to become a millionaire by dealing in solar generators that were sold everywhere from NASCAR to Hollywood. Stay Schemin’! This episode was recorded on Tues. March 26th, 2024. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press Check out Laurie Kilmartin’s Comedy Special Cis Woke Grief Slut: https://www.comedydynamics.com/catalog/laurie-kilmartin-cis-woke-grief-slut/ Follow on Instagram:
Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
Laci Mosley: @divalaci 
Laurie Kilmartin: @anylaurie16

 Research by Kaelyn Brandt. SOURCES: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2023/06/dc-solar-power-ponzi-scheme-scandal/673782/ https://www.justice.gov/usao-edca/pr/dc-solar-owner-sentenced-over-11-years-prison-billion-dollar-ponzi-scheme https://robbreport.com/lifestyle/news/jeff-carpoff-fraud-solar-panels-1234842072/ https://www.wsj.com/articles/owners-of-solar-company-that-swindled-berkshire-hathaway-admit-to-running-ponzi-scheme-11579907951

Transcribed - Published: 2 April 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Polygamist Peddler w/ Vicky Vox

What’s poppin’, con-gregation? This week we revisit our episode where Vicky Vox and Laci expose the conman who pocketed over $250,000 dollars from a government biofuel program. But to be fair, he did have three wives to feed. In other polygamy news, they cover another Mormon mastermind who tried to give his parole the slip. Stay schemin’!

 This episode was originally released on August 11th, 2020. Pre-Order Laci’s book “Scam Goddess: Lessons from a Life of Cons, Grifts and Schemes.” https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/laci-mosley/scam-goddess/9780762484652/?lens=running-press

 Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci
 Vicky Vox: @thevickyvox

 Research by Sharilyn Vera.

 Sources:

 https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-02-16/utah-trial-of-prominent-member-of-secretive-polygamist-sect-and-a-los-angeles-businessman-has-international-implications https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.courthousenews.com/california-businessman-found-guilty-in-1-billion-tax-fraud-scheme-with-polygamists/ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/12/lyle-jeffs-mormon-utah-fbi-escape-olive-oil

Transcribed - Published: 29 March 2024

Re-Release: The DWI Dude w/ Brandon Kyle Goodman

What's poppin, con-gregation? This week we revisit our episode with Brandon Kyle Goodman! Brandon joins the show to discuss an attorney who went from defending drug possession cases to conning millions from Columbian drug lords. Plus, a lawsuit claiming Subway's sandwiches have no tuna or fish! Stay schemin!

 This episode was originally recorded on April 6th, 2021.

 Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci 
 Brandon Kyle Goodman: @brandonkylegoodman Research by Sharilyn Vera. SOURCES: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/10/31/texas-dwi-dude-scammed-colombians-turned-into-feds/ https://www.justice.gov/usao-edtx/pr/central-texas-lawyer-guilty-swindling-colombian-drug-trafficking-clients https://www.washingtonpost.com/food/2021/01/27/subway-tuna-lawsuit/ https://www.eater.com/22254819/subway-lawsuit-alleged-fake-tuna

Transcribed - Published: 26 March 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Flexing Fraudster w/ Trixie Mattel

What’s up, con-gregation? This week we revisit our episode when Trixie Mattel scammed her way onto the podcast to discuss a man scammin’ on the gram. We’re all for a flex but it’s harder to flex from prison. Plus, Laci and Trixie talk about the hero using government contracts to scam the government. Stay schemin’, but maybe don’t post about it! NOTE: @hushpuppi, aka Ramon Olorunwa Abbas featured in this historic hoodwink, is no longer available on Instagram. You will find many photos of hushpuppi if placed in the search. 

 This episode was originally released on July 28th, 2020.

 Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci
 Trixie Mattel: @trixiemattel

 Research by Sharilyn Vera.

 Sources: https://www.insider.com/fbi-used-hushpuppis-instagram-to-charge-him-with-money-laundering-2020-7 https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/07/12/us/ray-hushpuppi-alleged-money-laundering-trnd/index.html https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-africa-53361490 https://www.instagram.com/hushpuppi/?hl=en https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/San-Antonio-event-planner-who-won-lucrative-15291382.php

Transcribed - Published: 22 March 2024

The Fraudulent Farmer w/ Chris Gethard

What’s poppin’ con-gregation? This week, comedian and bishop to show, Chris Gethard joins us to discuss Oscar Hartzell, a farmer who rose to riches after using the story of a 16th century knight to scam the Midwest United States. Stay Schemin’! This was recorded on Feb. 05, 2024. Check out Chris’s ebook and audiobook titled Dad at Peace at https://www.everand.com/audiobook/701237001/Dad-at-Peace Check out Chris’s non-profit, Laughing Together, an organization that help bring arts programming into schools. https://laughingtogether.org/ Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci
 Chris Gethard: @chrisgeth Research by Kaelyn Brandt.

 Sources: https://archives.newyorker.com/newyorker/2002-04-22/flipbook/160/ https://thecrimewire.com/money/Pirate-Gold-Swindle

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Fyre Fraud w/ Yassir Lester

It’s Friday, con-gregation! This week, we revisit our episode with Yassir Lester all about the Fyre Festival. Yassir and Laci break down false promises, class action lawsuits, and of course, that infamous “take one for the team” incident surrounding the infamous Fyre Festival. Plus a bonus music industry scam. Stay schemin! This episode was originally released on July 21st, 2020. Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Yassir Lester: @yassir_lester Research by Sharilyn Vera. Sources: https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-46904445 https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/18/how-fyre-festivals-organizer-scammed-investors-out-of-26-million.html https://www.netflix.com/title/81035279 – Netflix Documentary FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

Transcribed - Published: 15 March 2024

Ponzi She Betta! w/ Seth Morris

What’s Poppin’ Con-gregation? This week, comedian Seth Morris joins the show to discuss Adelheid Spitzeder, a womanizing actress who became known not for her talent on the stage, but for conducting history’s first recorded Ponzi scheme. Stay Schemin’! This was recorded on January 9th 2024. Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci
 Seth Morris: @sethismorris Sources: https://www.aier.org/article/adele-spitzeder-the-queen-of-confidence-tricksters/ “Foreign exchange rates 1804–1914” by Håkan Lobell https://www.riksbank.se/globalassets/media/forskning/monetar-statistik/volym1/6.pdf https://books.google.com/books?id=4ySERiKHkb4C&pg=PA291#v=onepage&q&f=false https://www.science.org/content/article/scienceshot-did-lead-poisoning-bring-down-ancient-rome#:~:text=When%20in%20ancient%20Rome%2C%20don,and%20hastened%20the%20empire's%20fall. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/apr/21/ancient-rome-tap-water-contaminated-lead-researchers#:~:text=Ancient%20Rome's%20tap%20water%20heavily%20contaminated%20with%20lead%2C%20researchers%20say,-This%20article%20is&text=Tap%20water%20in%20ancient%20Rome,local%20spring%20water%2C%20researchers%20say. https://www.wineenthusiast.com/culture/wine/lead-toxicity-wine-history/

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Teenage Trickster w/ Meatball

Happy Friday, con-gregation! This week, we revisit our episode with Meatball. Meatball and Laci break down the teenage scammer who was accused of stealing 23 million dollars but still probably couldn’t get a date to prom. Plus, the scammer employed by stealing from unemployment. Stay schemin! This episode was originally released on August 4th, 2020. Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Meatball: @spiciestmeatball Research by Sharilyn Vera. Sources: https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-had-kushner-push-the-national-enquirer-to-probe-scarborough-murder-conspiracy-in-2017?ref=scroll https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8351735/High-schooler-termed-Baby-Al-Capone-allegedly-hacked-phones-pull-23-8-million-crypto-heist.html https://nypost.com/2020/05/23/baby-al-capone-ellis-pinsky-pulled-off-a-23-8-million-crypto-heist/

Transcribed - Published: 8 March 2024

Legion of Lies w/ Amber Wallin

What’s Popping Con-gregation? This week, Amber Wallin joins to discuss the viral 52-part TikTok series from a woman who goes by Reesa, about how she “met, dated, married and divorced a real pathological liar.” Plus, actress Danielle Pinnock scams her way on the show to discuss her campaign to play Reesa in a movie. Stay Schemin’! This was recorded on Tues. Feb. 27th, 2024. Follow on Instagram:

Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Amber Wallin: @burr_iam Danielle Pinnock: @bodycourage 
Research by Kaelyn Brandt. Sources: TikTok user Reesa Teesa: https://www.tiktok.com/@reesamteesa https://www.nbcdfw.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/untangling-the-50-part-who-tf-did-i-marry-tiktok/3470041/#:~:text=Well%2C%20TikToker%20ReesaTeesa%20has%20captivated,began%20the%20lengthy%20video%20series. https://www.distractify.com/p/who-tf-did-i-marry-tiktok-husband https://www.vibe.com/news/entertainment/man-blasted-50-part-who-tf-did-i-marry-tiktok-series-responds-1234853563/

Transcribed - Published: 5 March 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Faux Footballer w/ Gianni Paolo

It’s Friday, con-gregation! This week, we revisit our episode with Gianni Paolo to expose the Brazilian man who never played football, but did play the football league system. Plus, the importance of calculus to scammers. Stay schemin’! This episode was originally released on July 14th, 2020. Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci Gianni Paolo: @giannivpaolo Research by Sharilyn Vera. Sources: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Kaiser_(footballer) https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/apr/26/the-forgotten-story-of-carlos-kaiser-footballs-greatest-conman https://www.theguardian.com/football/video/2018/oct/24/pure-lies-an-exclusive-look-at-kaiser-the-greatest-footballer-never-to-play-football-video https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/6798246/carlos-kaiser-farce-footballer-documentary-brazil/ https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/yw7gmm/the-incredible-story-of-the-greatest-footballer-to-never-play-football https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2019/08/22/indianapolis-crime-ebay-ryan-allen-walker/2055408001/

Transcribed - Published: 1 March 2024

Conned out of 50K?! w/ Dulcé Sloan

What’s Poppin Con-gregation? This week, The Daily Show correspondent Dulcé Sloan joins the show to discuss how journalist Charlotte Cowles recounts how she was scammed into putting $50,000 in a shoe box. Stay Schemin’! This was researched by Kaelyn Brandt. Sources: https://www.thecut.com/article/amazon-scam-call-ftc-arrest-warrants.html

Transcribed - Published: 27 February 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Scammer of All Trades w/ Lamorne Morris

Happy Friday, con-gregation! This week, we revisit our episode with Lamorne Morris on the pod to talk about the man who was so good at scheming that Spielberg made a movie about it. Plus, the girl who “does braces.” Stay schemin! This episode was originally released on July 7th, 2020. Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Lamorne Morris: @lamorne Research by Sharilyn Vera. Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Abagnale https://www.biography.com/personality/frank-abagnale https://www.aarp.org/podcasts/the-perfect-scam/ https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2020/04/24/covid-19-scams/

Transcribed - Published: 23 February 2024

The Shady TV Scribe w/ Dylan Park-Pettiford

What’s poppin’ Con-gregation? This week, writer and former military member Dylan Park-Pettiford joins the show to share his personal scam story. He, alongside another former-military writer, wrote on an American military comedy-drama called “68 Whiskey.” However, this former ex-Marine Captain turned out to be not entirely who she claimed to be. Stay Schemin’! This was recorded on January 30, 2024. Follow on Instagram:Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspodLaci Mosley: @divalaciDylan Park – Pettiford : @dyllypResearch by Kaelyn Brandt.Sources: @dyllyp https://cheezburger.com/15350533/dylan-park-shares-insane-story-about-fake-marine-who-conned-her-way-into-the-writers-room

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Dame of Deception w/ Chrissie Fit

Good Friday, con-gregation! This week, we’re taking it back in time and revisiting an episode with Laci and special guest Chrissie Fit. They discuss a scammer from the early 1900’s who tricked her way into the history books. Plus, the DIY AirBnB that left a scammer’s victims SOL. Stay Schemin’! This episode was originally released on June 30th, 2020. Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
Laci Mosley: @divalaci Chrissie Fit: @chrissiefit Research by Sharilyn Vera Sources: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/author/karen-abbott/ https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/man-arrested-for-renting-arlington-homes-he-did-not-own_dallas-fort-worth/7755/

Transcribed - Published: 16 February 2024

Scammed Down Bad For Love w/ Erin Whitehead

What’s Poppin’ Con-gregation? This week, Erin Whitehead joins the show to discuss Lezlie Manukian, a financial black widow who traveled the world scamming lover after lover into investing into bunk restaurants. She didn’t get caught until she messed with the wrong family. Stay Schemin’! This episode was recorded Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

 Follow on Instagram:
 Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci
 Erin Whitehead @girlwithatail Research by Kaelyn Brandt Sources: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-03/con-artist-love-fraud-victims-investigate-lezlie-manukian/11300436 “Unravel True Crime”: Snowball, podcast https://www.flashpack.com/us/solo/relationships/women-happier-single-men/#:~:text=Naturally%2C%20the%20truth%20is%20rather,and%20married%20women%20with%20children https://archive-yaleglobal.yale.edu/content/should-women-stay-single

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Dopey Doper w/ Ify Nwadiwe

It's Friday! Privyet, con-gregation! We revisit our episode with Ify Nwadiwe to spill the Russian tea on an Olympic doping scandal that gave Russian athletes a scandalous advantage at the Sochi Games. Plus, some good old fashioned Nigerian internet scams!

 This was originally released on June 23, 2020. Research by Sharilyn Vera
 Sources: https://www.npr.org/2018/03/05/590869276/how-icarus-accidentally-exposed-a-major-ocean-s-eleven-style-doping-scheme https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/09/504937994/more-than-1-000-russian-athletes-benefited-from-doping-conspiracy-report-says https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/sports/russia-doping-sochi-olympics-2014.html https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-putin-olympic-doping-whistle-blower-rodchenkov-a-jerk/29007755.html https://www.newsweek.com/how-russia-got-away-doping-until-it-didnt-482709 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36833962 https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/may/12/russian-doctors-athletes-evaded-doping-tests https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/jul/18/russia-doping-scandal-five-things-wada-report https://www.vulture.com/2017/12/icarus-bryan-fogel-russia-doping-scandal-olympics-netflix.html https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/russian-doping-whistleblower-grigory-rodchenkov-countersues-three-athletes-n870136 https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/01/russia-doping-rodchenkov/551183/ https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/23/us/nigeria-romance-scam-arrests/index.html?utm_term=link&utm_content=2019-08-24T04%3A46%3A04&utm_source=twCNN&utm_medium=social https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-08-22/fbi-takes-down-nigerian-fraudsters-in-46m-case-based-in-los-angeles

Transcribed - Published: 9 February 2024

Bitconned w/ Laura Chinn

What's poppin' Con-gregation? This week, writer-director Laura Chinn joins the show to discuss how during the rise of a million crypto companies, a life-time scammer from Miami, Florida entered the race and made out with millions before his fake company was caught. Stay Schemin'! This was recorded Friday, February 2nd, 2024. Check out Laura Chinn’s film SUNCOAST in theaters now and streaming on Hulu on Feb. 9th, 2024. Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci
 Laura Chinn @laurachinnnn

 Research by Kaelyn Brandt Sources: “Bitconned”, a Netflix documentary directed by Bryan Storkel https://decider.com/2024/01/03/ray-trapani-netflix-bitconned-movie-now-sobre-sharma/ https://cointelegraph.com/news/third-co-founder-of-centra-tech-charged-with-25-mln-securities-fraud https://protos.com/bitconned-the-story-of-miami-crypto-bros-facing-100-years-in-prison/ https://www.sfgate.com/business/article/How-Floyd-Mayweather-helped-young-guys-from-Miami-12321281.php https://www.sec.gov/news/press-release/2018-268

Transcribed - Published: 6 February 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Infomercial Imposter w/ Tawny Newsome

It’s Friday con-gregation! This week, we revisit our episode with Tawny Newsome where we hear the sales pitch of star fraud salesman Don Lapre. Plus, more proof that love is blind (and expensive!) This recording was first published on June 9th, 2020. Research by Sharilyn Vera Sources: https://thegrio.com/2020/05/10/jenifer-lewis-victim-of-con-artist-nearly-400000-scheme/amp/ https://ktla.com/news/local-news/santa-monica-man-allegedly-conned-4-women-including-actress-jenifer-lewis-out-of- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWSCOQlicoU

Transcribed - Published: 2 February 2024

Cesar Piña and DJ Scams: Scam Goddess Live in San Francisco w/ Marie Faustin, Demi Adejuyigbe & Kiran Deol

What’s poppin’ Con-gregation? This week, Marie Faustin, Demi Adejuyigbe & Kiran Deol join Laci for Scam Goddess Live at Sketchfest 2024. In the sold-out Cobb’s Comedy Club, they regale alleged scams surrounding Cesar Piña and New York radio host DJ Envy’s real estate ventures and seminars. This was recorded Sunday, Jan 21st, 2024 Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
 Laci Mosley: @divalaci
 Marie Faustin : @reeezy Demi Adejuyigbe: @electrolemon Kiran Deol: @shitfromkiran Research by Kaelyn Brandt, Emily Jones and Laci Mosley Sources: https://www.inquirer.com/business/nj-ponzi-scheme-fraud-dj-envy-20231020.html https://www.npr.org/2023/10/28/1208863327/breakfast-club-host-dj-envy-is-being-sued-for-alleged-investment-fraud https://www.complex.com/music/a/markelibert/how-dj-envy-involved-cesar-pina-real-estate-scam https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/pr/new-jersey-real-estate-investor-and-online-influencer-charged-multimillion-dollar https://www.billboard.com/business/legal/dj-envy-breakfast-club-real-estate-scam-lawsuits-explained-1235440769/

Transcribed - Published: 30 January 2024

Fraud Fridays: LonelyLiar15 w/ Diona Reasonover

Happy Friday con-gregation! This week, we revisit our episode with Diona Reasonover. We break down the OG influencer LonelyGirl15, and can we just say, it’s an honor to be part of The Order. Stay schemin! This was recorded on February 25th, 2021 Research by Sharilyn Vera Sources: https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/dishonest-baker-who-warmed-freshly-19447322 https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/9524664/bruno-mars-impersonator-scams-texas-woman-out-of-100000 https://www.tmz.com/2021/02/10/bruno-mars-catfish-texas-100k-money/

Transcribed - Published: 26 January 2024

The Scams of Swagg Man w/ Roz Hernandez

What’s Poppin’ Con-gregation? This week, Comedian Roz Hernandez joins the show to discuss the many alleged schemes and scams of French-Arab rapper Swagg Man aka Rayan Sanches aka Iteb Zaibet. Stay schemin’! Check out Roz’s TV series “Living for the Dead” on Hulu and Disney Plus. Also, check out Roz’s podcast “Ghosted! by Roz Hernandez.” This was recorded on Nov. 14th 2023. Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod
Laci Mosley: @divalaci
Roz Hernandez : @rozhernandez Research by Kaelyn Brandt Sources: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/rapper-swagg-man-accused-scamming-fans-what-happened-1234771874/ https://www.wired.com/story/chat-gpt-crypto-botnet-scam/?redirectURL=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wired.com%2Fstory%2Fchat-gpt-crypto-botnet-scam%2F https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi695iT5jNU

Transcribed - Published: 23 January 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Fake French Minister w/ Baron Vaughn

Joyeux vendredi, con-gregation! We go back to our episode with Baron Vaughn on ze podcast. We discuss ze French imposter who scammed his way into millions. Très wild, non? Hon hon hon. Stay schemin! This was recorded on December 3rd, 2020. Research by Sharilyn Vera Sources: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48510027 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/11/world/europe/france-identity-fraud-le-drian.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/how-scammers-used-a-silicone-mask-and-skype-to-impersonate-a-french-minister-and-steal-90-million/2019/06/20/601ca6ac-9375-11e9-b72d-d56510fa753e_story.html https://www.intheknow.com/2020/11/02/influencer-hamptons-squat/ https://www.instagram.com/marisahochberg/

Transcribed - Published: 19 January 2024

The Audacity of Carl Erik Rinsch w/ Beth Stelling

What’s poppin’ congregation? This week, comedian Beth Stelling joins the show to discuss Carl Erik Rinsch who sold a sci-fi series. Netflix paid more than $50 million for a show, but it never existed. Stay Schemin’! Check out Beth Stelling’s Netflix special entitled Beth Stelling: If You Didn’t Want Me Then. https://www.netflix.com/title/81713592 It’s real and it’s really funny. Follow on Instagram: Scam Goddess Pod: @scamgoddesspod Laci Mosley: @divalaci Beth Stelling: @bethstelling Research by Kaelyn Brandt SOURCES https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/22/business/carl-rinsch-netflix-conquest.html

Transcribed - Published: 16 January 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Bread Bamboozler w/ Sam Richardson

Happy Fraud Fridays Con-gregation! We revisit our episode with the Emmy Award winning comedian and actor Sam Richardson about a bogus UK baker with no oven and a fake government scam. Also, a Bruno Mars catfish story gone wrong. Stay Schemin'!

This was recorded March 1st, 2021.

Research by Sharilyn Vera

Sources: https://www.lancs.live/news/lancashire-news/dishonest-baker-who-warmed-freshly-19447322 https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/9524664/bruno-mars-impersonator-scams-texas-woman-out-of-100000 https://www.tmz.com/2021/02/10/bruno-mars-catfish-texas-100k-money/

Transcribed - Published: 12 January 2024

I’m Gay, Not Blind: Scam Goddess Live in Chicago w/ Sydnee Washington, Skyler Higley & Ashley Ray

What’s Poppin’ Congregation? This week, Scam Goddess is Live from the Den Theatre in Chicago. Comedians Sydnee Washington, Skyler Higley and Ashley Ray help break down the man whose scam that took the windy city and the nation by storm, Jussie Smollett. Stay Schemin’! This was recorded at Nov. 11th 2023. Research by Kaelyn Brandt, Emily Jones and Laci Mosley Sources: https://nationalpost.com/news/man-arrested-after-faking-20-heart-attacks-to-avoid-paying-restaurant-bills#:~:text=A%2050%2Dyear%2Dold%20man,newspaper%20El%20Pais%20and%20EFE. https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2021/11/30/jussie-smollett-hate-crime-trial/ https://www.cnn.com/2022/03/10/us/jussie-smollett-sentencing-trial/index.html#:~:text=Former%20%E2%80%9CEmpire%E2%80%9D%20actor%20Jussie%20Smollett,hate%20crime%20in%20January%202019 https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-viz-jussie-smollett-incident-night-details-htmlstory.html https://people.com/crime/jussie-smollett-wears-rope-around-his-neck-police-video-footage/ https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2023-03-03/jussie-smollett-appeal-conviction-sentencing https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/us/jussie-smollett.html https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-47711535 https://www.vox.com/2019/2/17/18228444/jussie-smollett-attack-hate-crime-arrest-hoax-empire https://www.cbsnews.com/chicago/news/jessie-smollett-letter-brothers-attack/ https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-commentary/jussie-smollett-hero-hoax-hate-crime-sentencing-1318293/ https://www.al.com/news/2021/12/jussie-smollett-testifies-he-did-drugs-made-out-with-abimbola-osundairo.html

Transcribed - Published: 9 January 2024

Fraud Fridays: The Fake Aretha Franklin w/ Yvonne Orji

It’s Fraud Fridays! We revisit our episode with comedian Yvonne Orji to discuss the Aretha Franklin impostor who found herself performing as the Quasi Queen of Soul. Plus, a woman is finally arrested after twenty-two attempts to sneak on flights. Stay schemin! Research by Sharilyn Vera. SOURCES: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/counterfeit-queen-soul-180969340/ https://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2020/04/the-bizarre-story-of-the-imitation-queen-of-soul/ https://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Woman-with-history-of-airliner-stowaways-arrested-16033015.php

Transcribed - Published: 5 January 2024

Re-Release: The Thieving Thespian w/ Jack O'Brien

What's poppin, con-gregation? Jack O'Brien joins the show to discuss an actor who hoodwinked millions from movie investors. Plus, MAGA supporters get conned by the Trump campaign. Stay schemin! Research by Sharilyn Vera SOURCES https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-04-06/hollywood-actor-zach-avery-ponzi-scheme-arrest https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4878976/ https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/07/business/zach-avery-actor-alleged-ponzi-scheme/index.html https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2021/04/trumps-campaign-scammed-donors-auto-checked-box.html

Transcribed - Published: 2 January 2024

Fraud Fridays: Lil' Ponzi Schemer w/ Rosebud Baker

What's poppin' con-gregation? This week, we revisit our episode with comedian Rosebud Baker discussing a teenage nightclub owner who used a ponzi scheme to try and keep his business afloat. Plus, Fox News promotes livestock deworming medication (Ivermectin) as a cure for covid...it's definitely not. Stay Schemin'! Research by Kaelyn Brandt Sources: https://www.vice.com/en/article/avyygg/the-connecticut-nightclub-guru-accused-of-running-a-ponzi-scheme-as-a-teenager-1111 https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Feds-say-convicted-Danbury-club-owner-still-9199854.php?_ga=2.171789024.1346735586.1629584209-1373168516.1629584209#taboola-1 https://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Out-of-jail-Ian-Bick-wants-to-get-back-in-the-13590198.php#photo-16877686 https://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Young-entrepreneur-has-vision-for-city-s-future-5084022.php https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/21/world/ivermectin-fda-covid-19-treatment.html

Transcribed - Published: 29 December 2023

Re-Release: Santa Claus Con w/ Larry Owens

What's poppin' con-gregation? This week, we have Larry Owens discussing John Duval Gluck, the conman who popularized writing letters to Santa Claus in the beginning of the 20th century. Plus, investors involved in the "Evolving Apes" NFT project learned that scams are very fungible. Stay Schemin'! Research by Kaelyn Brandt SOURCES https://www.vice.com/en/article/y3dyem/investors-spent-millions-on-evolved-apes-nfts-then-they-got-scammed https://nypost.com/2015/09/20/meet-the-con-artist-who-popularized-writing-to-santa-claus/ https://www.historyextra.com/period/20th-century/the-con-man-who-saved-christmas/ https://ny.curbed.com/2015/11/30/9895926/the-strange-story-of-nycs-santa-claus-building-that-never-was

Transcribed - Published: 26 December 2023

Fraud Fridays: The Last Ride of Peggy Jo w/ James Mastraieni

Happy Fraud Friday! This week, we revisit our episode with comedian James Mastraieni where we first learn the epic tale of a Dallas bank robber who fooled authorities throughout the 90s dressed as a cowboy. Plus, a mother of three sues a woman who used her children as props in a crowdfunding scheme generating hundreds of thousands of dollars. Research by Kaelyn Brandt Sources: https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/the-last-ride-of-cowboy-bob/ https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/503647/cowboy-bob-mysterious-middle-aged-bank-robber-who-fooled-fbi https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2005/may/06/bank-robber-shot-dead-in-texas/ https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/53001390/peggy-jo-tallas

Transcribed - Published: 22 December 2023

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